It’s worth wandering a little further afield from Southend-on-Sea proper if you’re in search of a less-heralded gem of a restaurant. And if it’s Italian you’re after, head up Sutton Road east of the town centre to find the little collection of shops and eateries on your way north to St Luke’s and Prittlewell train station. Here, along the road slightly less travelled, you can find Route 5, a cosy and down to earth Italian restaurant specialising in the regional cuisines of Sicily and Abruzzi. The menu is simple and understated, but packed with ingredients from the two famous foodie regions, as is the wine list. If you can’t decide on what to eat, why not book for the third Thursday of the month and pick a starter and main course blind and let the kitchen work it’s magic.
Had a lovely meal with friends. Booked it because of the other great reviews. Food was fantastic. This place has a laid back atmosphere and fantastic cocktails!
Great food and wine! Service was excellent, really friendly and a brilliant atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and we are looking forward to coming back soon.
It’s a small restaurant but has a great atmosphere, the food was excellent with a lot of choice, it was our first time here and we will definitely be going back
Fabulous little restaurant with honestly the best Italian food I've tasted in the UK. Friendly, welcoming owner, the food was freshly prepared and beautifully served, would strongly recommend.
Route 5 is an excellent restaurant that serves authentic Italian food with the emphasis on dishes from Sicily and the Abruzzo region. The owners have a genuine passion for what they are doing and this shows in the quality and flavour of the food, the friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. All of their dishes are good and they cook their pasta to perfection - al dente, perfect. Their prices are really good value too. Route 5 offers a good selection of regional wines (Sicilian and from the Abruzzo region) and also serves cocktails as a bonus! Route 5 is an important addition to Southend-on-Sea's culinary scene. Buon appetito!
We spent a very pleasant evening at Route 5, couldn't fault anything, a really good and varied menu, we were spoilt for choice, the food was cooked to perfection, the cocktails went down well too! I rarely have three courses, but made an exception as it was all too good to miss out on. Would definitely go again.
My friend and I visited on a Thursday evening and were surprised to find that we were the only ones there. However by the time we left there were a few more customers. Despite the lack of people, the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. The food, drinks and service were all excellent and everything was cooked freshly to order. Both the food menu and the cocktail selection are extensive and reasonably priced. We will certainly be returning.
We had the Mystery meal which we thought was a fun thing to do. The food was excellent, the people who own the restaurant were lovely, attentive without being obtrusive. We chose the house wine and it was very good. We rounded dinner of with the Tirumasu and a latte coffee, which we enjoyed. Great little place, excellent value for money and we will be returning .
Tasty home cooked food using great quality produce , you may have to wait a bit for the food as all freshly cooked to order- which I like - family run restaurant a lovely relaxed atmosphere- highly recommended, we have been several times and taken friends there, everyone has come away praising it and saying would definitely go back .
What a lovely restaurant, Stefano and Federica are very helpful and always came to you with a smile. Food was amazing, very fresh and so tasty. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. It's very good on price, and has a very homely feel to it. .